Technology and Use

Si Fusion Technology and Using ArmaSkin Products for Best Effect

ArmaSkin's breakthrough is the Si Fusion fabric. This fabric was designed and created by ArmaSkin after years of research and testing. The base material has a silicone coating on one side, the side against the skin.

The resulting material has a coefficient of friction differential between the outside and inside of the material. ArmaSkin’s Anti-Blister socks. (University of Central Lancashire 2017) exhibit a ratio of the Coefficient Of Friction between the internal and external surfaces 3 times greater than conventional socks.

In addition the Silicon fusion polymer is bacteria static so the socks can be worn for prolonged periods of time.

ArmaSkin Anti-Blister Liner Socks provide robust protection against foot blisters.

Blisters are one of the most common foot injuries. They are painful, affect the way you naturally walk causing other injuries / strains throughout your body and if not treated properly straight away can get infected. Blisters are bubbles of skin filled with clear fluid that can appear anywhere on your foot. Blisters can be extremely painful -- enough to cause you to stop your hiking or running activity.

Foot blisters can form when a number of conditions occur in your boot/shoe. These conditions are heat, moisture and movement that generates damaging skin shear and friction. Anyone wearing boots/shoes will experience all these to different degrees depending on the micro atmosphere within the footwear including temperature, moisture and of course their level of exertion.

ArmaSkin anti-blister second skin socks ( liner socks) address all these conditions that cause blisters:

    • The inner surface of the sock with its silicone (Si) polymer friction coating gently holds to the skin and greatly diminishes any FRICTION that can occur naturally between socks and skin.
    • Any movement generated in the boot/shoe is diminished by the smooth outer layer.
    • The polymer coating is macro porous and hydrophobic (water hating) therefore SHIFTS MOISTURE away from the skin keeping it drier.
    • Better HEAT dissipation is achieved thanks to the hydrophobic/ hydrophilic moisture management. i.e one side of the fabric is water hating the other side is water loving.
    • The Si fusion polymer coating gently adheres to the skin and importantly shares skin shear forces across wider surface areas of skin thus reducing damage.

How to use ArmaSkin

ArmaSkin Anti - Blister socks were specially designed to work with Military, Hiking and Work Boots of all styles but have since been found to be successful with all sorts of endurance sports.

How to Use

Step 1:Note that ArmaSkin socks comprise a left sock and a right sock. The sock is worn so that the seams are on the outside. The mildly sticky Si Fusion coating is against the skin with the smooth fabric of the sock facing out.

Step 2:With the ArmaSkin turned almost inside out, roll ArmaSkin onto feet. The sock should stretch evenly over the foot and ankle. Smooth out any excessive wrinkles. The heel seams should be sitting neatly around the heel.

Step 3:As Armaskin are liner socks, fit your normal socks over the top of ArmaSkin.

Step 4:Fit boots normally.

NOTE:Due to the friction dissipating effect of ArmaSkin, ill-fitting boots may feel more loose in the boot than normal. If this occurs adjust your boot lacings for comfort but do not over tighten.

Here's a link to anArmaSkin Youtube videowhich covers the important basics.

Check that you are ready to go!

ArmaSkin heel placement is important When on properly ArmaSkin Anti - Blister socks have the visible seams on the external surface. It is important to check that the heel seams are positioned around the heel as shown in the following picture. If the socks are stretched when being put on not only will material be thinner underfoot resulting in quicker wear, but also it implies that the sock will be tighter around the toes thus being less comfortable and effective in that area.

armaskin-seam-positionAlthough the difference between the socks is visible on inspection, a simple check is that the tags are on the inside of the leg.

This is an easy way to double check before heading off on your hike, even if it is dark you can feel the tags.

Other ArmaSkin Products:

Other ArmaSkin products treated with SiFusion are also somewhat sticky and stretchy. They will take a little getting used to but the benefits are well worth it!

Washing ArmaSkin Products

Our standard advice is to wash ArmaSkin with your normal clothes but avoid using bleach, fabric softener or sending them to the dry cleaners. 

Washing is important because clean socks make for good hygiene. Cleaning also gets rid of any dirt/grit/sand that can accelerate wear. On a hike the ideal would be to wash them daily. The reality of trail conditions however may make this difficult.

ArmaSkin has an inner surface of silicone which drives sweat away from the feet to the outer sock. With silicone itself being bio-static this means that ArmaSkin will keep your feet fresher even over a few days of continuous wear.

The silicone layer gently "sticks" to the surface of your skin essentially making the ArmaSkin an extra, protective, layer of skin for your foot.

Keeping the silicone surface intact will help maintain its performance. So, when washing, the intent is a gentle clean of the inner surface. Excessive and especially vigorous rubbing may only cause the silicone to wear faster.

As a general rule ArmaSkin will air dry overnight. As a guide, with reasonable care of the ArmaSkin they will last 400-500km with many people quoting distances of 1000km.